About Johanna Mestorf Academy

The Johanna Mestorf Academy (JMA) was founded as a central institution of Kiel UniversityIn December 2011. It is named after Johanna Mestorf (1828-1909), who conducted archaeological and ethnographic research in Kiel and was the first female museum director (1891) and professor (1899) in Germany/Prussia. The JMA promotes research and education pertaining to the field of ‘Societal, Environmental, Cultural Change’ (Kiel SECC), which is one of the four research foci at Kiel University.

At the core of both Johanna Mestorf Academy and Kiel SECC are the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS and the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1266 "Scales of Transformation - Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies". Both research networks are partner to the  ‘Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology’ (ZBSA) in Schleswig, which was involved in the founding of the JMA. This longstanding cooperation is regulated by an official cooperation agreement, which is reinforced by the JMA and reflected directly in the organisational structure.